Tuesday, 8 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 31 - What makes me proud?

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Luke's graduation
So, what is it that makes me proud?

I am very proud of my husbands achievement of getting a DISTINCTION in his Masters degree!! I will be the proudest wife in the world when he lands himself his first animation job, which I believe he can do!!!!! He is also an amazing artist :)

I was proud of myself when I graduated with a 2:1 in Optometry at Bradford University and even more proud that I got through my pre-registration year and finally qualified even though it was a second attempt. 

My graduation

I am proud that I attempted my Grade 8 Clarinet exam even though I never passed it, I'm glad I tried whilst I had the chance. 

I love my job and am proud that I managed to get through the first year of it which was rather insane & stressful!!!

I am proud that I have been able to travel the world & experience so many different cultures even though I like to think I'm still young?!

I am house proud :)

I feel such a lucky person to have been brought up in such a way that I had the opportunities given to me to enable me to achieve these things and I am proud of my parents for giving me these opportunities in life.

Wednesday, 2 April 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 30 - First Day of School

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

I can quite honestly say I have no recollection of my first day at primary school!!!

The more I thought about it the less I seemed to remember, as I cannot even remember seeing a photo of it neither, I presume there will be one somewhere. I would have been nearly 5 years old when I started primary school and I presume my mum must have taken me with my younger brother probably in tow as well. 

My first school was St Saviour's County Primary School in Bacup which was at the time a green "temporary" prefab building (which remained for ~20 years!) in Stubbylee Park and we lived quite close so most probably walked to school.

My first teacher was called Mrs Myhill (if that's spelt correct) & the head teacher was a fun man named Mr Heys, he used to play funny songs on the guitar in assembly which we all enjoyed singing along to. Unfortunately he left the school in my first years there.

I was starting school with my friend from nursery called Charlotte, we would later move onto secondary school together and although we were not always bestest of friends, we were generally always friends.

We had no school uniform so I could have worn any clothes on my day at school.

Perhaps I'll have to ask my mum or dad some questions soon and update this post.

Saturday, 29 March 2014

March's Interesting Genealogical Blog Finds

Brotmanblog: A Family Journey

A interesting tale of Romanian ancestors moving to the US and how to find the relevant records, even when you hit a brick wall!

Tuesday, 25 March 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 29 - What's in your bag or pocket?

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 29 - What's in your bag or pocket?

My pockets always contain:
  • a lip balm, for those cold wintery days of chapped lips
  • tissues, you never know when you're going to need one of them so they're always an essential especially as my nose generally always runs when I'm outside
  • my mobile phone, I do not go anywhere without that!!!

I do not always carry a bag, it very much depends on what I'm doing or where I am going. If I am walking somewhere locally with my husband I always rely on him having his keys and money and never take anything but than what is in my pockets. This is great except on the occasions when you are going out to drop your husband off somewhere and get back home by yourself realising your keys are inside the house!!!

I have 2 main bags I use, one being my work bag and the other my handbag.

My handbag always contains:
  • my camera, for those impromptu photography moments
  • my phone, as I said before as I do not go anywhere without it!
  • a packet of tissues
  • a pair of gloves, for those cold days
  • a lip balm
  • keys
  • my purse

My work bag is huge and sometimes a bit like Mary Poppins bag! It contains:
  • my folder, containing all those small pieces of paper I make random notes on and notepads I keep
  • my optometry equipment, whatever I require depending on the day
  • handcream, for those dry hands from constant washing in the hospital
  • a mirror, to make sure I always look my best
  • perfume, in case I forget to put it on in a morning before work
  • mouth freshener, as I have to get close to patient's faces so like to make sure my breath is pleasant
  • pencil case containing my pens, keyfobs, 
  • a bottle of water
  • lunch & snacks
  • reference books
  • the latest Optometry journal and magazines which I am still in the process of reading
  • ID badge
  • headphones
  • my keys
  • my purse
  • all the other "stuff" that gets added over time
  • AND a packet of tissues!!!

Saturday, 22 March 2014

An Odd Photo Find...

A few weeks ago, my dad had acquired an old photo album which I was having a flick through and we found this photo:

I know this isn't the best image as its a photo of the photo in the album, but it is a fresh grave adorned with flowers and a headstone commemorating the lives of my great grandparents. It surprised my father and I as we were fairly certain that there was no surviving gravestone (and presumed there had never been a headstone) as we had previously been on a hunt to find it but here there was a clear photo depicting the newish looking gravestone.

My father went back to the cemetery a few weeks ago to look for the stone and found it, so when I get chance this is a visit I need to also pay to find the previously lost gravestone of my great grandparents in Horsforth Cemetery, West Yorkshire.

Tuesday, 18 March 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 28 - Parents

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 28 - Parents

Ok, this post will not be going into great details as both my parents are still living, so here is a very short synopsis of my parents:
Both my parents were born and brought up in Horsforth, a small town (at the time) north of Leeds, West Yorkshire. They met through the local Baptist church and in their late teens and early 20s helped with the Boys Brigade their together. They later married at the same church after my mother finished her university degree in Hull, East Yorkshire.

They both became Secondary School teachers, my father taught Physics and my mother German and French, which was very useful when I was at school as they would regularly help me with my homework when I got stuck :)

Before I was born they moved to a small East Lancashire town which was where I grew up. They were outsiders living in Lancashire as they were both born in Yorkshire as the War of the Roses still divides these 2 large northern English counties to this very day!!! You have to cross the hills of the Pennines to get from one county to the other which remains enough of a divide today as it did 400 years earlier.

Tuesday, 11 March 2014

The Book of Me, Written by You - Week 27 - Cars and Transport

Each week there are prompts which require answering.

Week 27 - Cars & Transport

My Brasilian friend Henrique in
my dad's Morris Minor 1000 Traveller

As a child, my parents always owned at least two cars. 

My dad had his prize and joy old J-registration Morris Minor 1000 Traveller, which he used regularly to commute to work and would spend hours in his holidays and weekends tinkering with it. In the summer we would often take it to Morris Minor Owners Club rally's and other car events. 

We also had the family car which my mum would use during the week for commuting to work but was also the primarily used car at weekends. Over the years we have had a VW Polo, Vauxhall Astras, Skoda Fabias and Octavias.

VW Polo
(Image link: www.wikipedia.org,
Author: Rudolf Stricker, 12 Nov 2007,
accessed 2 Mar 2014
I applied for my provisional driver's license at the age of 17 and started to learn in summer 2003. It took me a bit longer than average to learn but I eventually passed my driving test on my first attempt in summer 2004. I used to learn in my instructors Peugeot 306 and Daewoo Matiz, but also practised in my parents Skoda Octavia.

I used to drive to school with my mum in a morning and also had my driving lessons from school, I learnt in the hilly Rossendale valley so uphill starts were a vital skill to require!!

Vauxhall Astra
(Image link: www.wikipedia.org,
Author: Maxdot, 3 Jul 2005,
accessed 2 Mar 2014
I acquired my first car in 2008 when I started my first full-time employment. It was a Stone Grey 1.4 petrol Skoda Fabia which had previously belonged to my grandparents. In fact I still own this vehicle and drive it daily, although it is now beginning to get a little old and we're considering replacing it before too long. It has been an amazing car and has been so reliable. I have done 85,000 miles around the country in it and has been a fellow companion on those long commutes through all kinds of weather, sun, rain, wind & SNOW across the Pennines from Bradford to Bacup which I did for 4 years. I think I will be quite sad to replace the Skoda Fabia which has served me for 6 years and was my first car. It will always have a special place in my heart. 

Skoda Fabia
(Image link: www.wikipedia.org,
Author: Adrian Pingstone, 25 Mar 2005,
accessed 2 Mar 2014
In considering replacing it we would happily get another Skoda, as it has been a great car and well worth its money.

Skoda Octavia
(Image link: www.wikipedia.org,
Author: Rudolf Stricker, 13 Feb 2008,
accessed 2 Mar 2014
As children we had names for a few of our cars, the Morris Minor was called Horace the Morris, but I don't think I can remember the names of the other cars.

My husband and I would really love to invest in a VW camper and travel around the country and Europe in it during our holidays, I don't think we'll be buying one anytime soon, but it is a dream I have always had.